WP_18-01

Ageing in a time of mobility: a research agenda

by Megha Amrith

Working Papers WP 18-01
March 2018
ISSN 2192-2357 (MMG Working Papers Print)

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Abstract:
The world is moving towards significantly older populations with the number of older persons aged 60 years or over expected to more than double from 901 million in 2015 to over 2 billion in 2050 globally. Meanwhile, migration and mobility continue to be a fundamental part of human experience in all regions of the world. The Max Planck Research Group ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ is a global and interdisciplinary project that investigates the interconnections between ageing populations and global migration and mobility and how they jointly bring about new social transformations. The project will explore the different ways through which older persons are actively embedded in global networks and how they engage with new forms of socio-cultural diversity. It focuses on the migration and mobility of older populations in and from the rapidly ageing regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America. This working paper sets out the agenda of the research group, which runs from 2018 – 2023 and funded by the Max Planck Society.   

Keywords: mobility, migration, ageing, anthropology, Global South.  


Author:
Megha Amrith is Research Group Leader for the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ project at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. She is author of Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia (NIAS Press, 2017) and her research interests include transnational migration, care, ageing, diversity, social inclusion and inequality. Contact: amrith(at)mmg.mpg.de